VETERINARY MEDICINE, Mar 1, 2009 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Mar 1, 2009
Features
The latest scoop on litter
By Jacqueline C. Neilson, DVM, DACVB
Dr. Jacqueline Neilson highlights research on cats' litter and litter box preferences.
Nerve location through electrical nerve stimulation
By Christine Egger, DVM, MVSc, DACVA , Lydia Love, DVM
Traditionally, peripheral nerve blockade has been achieved by identifying anatomical landmarks and speculatively depositing local anesthetic agents.
A challenging case: Severe hypercalcemia in a puppy with hypoadrenocorticism
By Teresa L. Goodson, DVM, DACVIM , Susan C. Randell, BVSc, DACVIM
The point of interest in this case was not the disease, but the degree to which it caused an elevated calcium concentration.
Local and regional anesthesia techniques, Part 2: Stifle, intercostal, intrapleural, and forelimb techniques
By Christine Egger, DVM, MVSc, DACVA , Lydia Love, DVM
These anesthetic methods, including one recently recommended alternative block, will help you control pain in animals undergoing stifle surgeries, forelimb surgeries, limb amputations, or thoracotomies, as well as in patients with thoracic trauma or cranial abdominal pain.
Departments
Correction
We urge you to amend Table 4 on page 32 in your January issue of Veterinary Medicine so that incorrect dosages are not inadvertently used in the future.
Letters: Veterinarians are in the service business
I would like to comment on Dr. Allen's letter in the January 2009 issue. I am a 1974 graduate.
Letters: Being both the Mayo Clinic and Wal-Mart is OK
In the letter "Our profession's identity crisis" in the January 2009 issue of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Drew L. Allen writes, "As I look for direction for my practice, should I be looking to the Mayo Clinic or Wal-Mart?"
Hot Literature: Does ascites affect survival time in dogs with chronic hepatitis?
Ascites is a known negative prognostic factor in people with liver disease, so the authors of a recent study published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine set out to determine whether this is true in dogs as well, especially since no definitive prognostic indicators have been established for chronic hepatitis in dogs.
Hot Literature: Exploring the use and effects of glucocorticoids in cats
Although cats appear to not experience as many side effects with glucocorticoids as other species do, adverse reactions can occur, including skin atrophy and fragility, poor wound healing, and a predisposition to diabetes mellitus and congestive heart failure.
Hot Literature: New Bartonella species isolated in people and sheep
A new species of Bartonella, Candidatus Bartonella melophagi, that has only recently been identified in sheep has now also been isolated in two women, which adds to the increasing number of Bartonella species that have been found in people in the past 10 years.
Idea Exchange: Use rolled bath towels to restrain cranky dogs
For some dogs that do not want to be handled or that may bite, we twist a thick bath towel so that it resembles a long noodle.
Idea Exchange: A penny to help clients with their thoughts
Clients with pets suffering from chronic disease often have a difficult time knowing when they should opt for euthanasia.
Idea Exchange: Protect your keyboards with help from the kitchen
To keep our laptop keyboard clean during dental procedures, we cover it with Press'n Seal wrap (Glad).
Idea Exchange: Clear clutter by making the most of storage
We placed this plastic container designed for storing plastic bags on the outside of a cabinet above our sink and use it to store surgical scrub brushes.
Idea Exchange: At the beep, please check on Fluffy
We found that sometimes in the middle of a busy day, those patients needing their temperature, pulse, and respiratory rates or another type of assessment were accidentally being overlooked, so we put a digital timer on each cage in the treatment room and on the cages of boarding animals when needed.
Idea Exchange: Repurpose syringe cases as instrument covers
To keep the ultrasonic scaler, drill, and polisher on our dental unit from snagging on the clothing of passing personnel, we made covers for the instruments out of 60-ml syringe cases.
Mind Over Miller: The eyes have it
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
As every practitioner knows, men are more likely to faint or get sick to their stomachs watching some of our more gory procedures than are women.

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